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Quarantine and chill? 5 ways to overcome procrastination

Postpone, delay, waiting, stalling. With the coronavirus pandemic, this is the type of vocabulary that seems to be taking over our everyday conversations and actions. And it’s no surprise most of us have taken the time to pause and chill but as a lot of us now have more time on our hands, with many of us now working from home, this is a great time to get things done and aim to achieve more than we normally would.

Procrastination during this time might be a result of a lack of motivation or worry about future uncertainties, but combating this could help with anxiety, give some head way with those tasks and make you feel better overall.

Here are our top 5 ways to overcome procrastination during quarantine..

1. Make the rewards for tasks completed more immediate.

As human beings, we are used to gravitating towards things that give us immediate gratification, which can stop us from achieving long term goals. In Atomic Habits Author, James Clear suggests ‘Temptation Bundling’ as a way to apply this to our daily life and overcome procrastination.

A great example of this is working out, which a lot of us are guilty of avoiding. An immediate reward for this could be listening to your favourite album whilst exercising or even completing emails whilst getting a foot massage.

2. Get organised!

Sometimes all it takes is organising and prioritising what we need to do to bring some clarity to our task list. With larger tasks, try breaking it down intro manageable chunks and sub tasks in order to make it less daunting, not forgetting to reward ourselves!

Here are some of our fave organisation Instagram profiles that will inspire you to get started:

– @declutterdollies

– @simplyspaced

– @bneatobar

3. Set a deadline

By giving yourself a set amount of time to complete a task, you are reducing the amount of time and space for procrastination to rear its ugly head and keeps focus on the task at hand.

A great way to do this is breaking down each hour into 15-minute chunks and cracking on. If you give yourself four hours to finish a task, make sure to stop after four hours as not to get discouraged and monitor what you managed to get done.

4. Do the largest task first

First is always the worst! Whether it be tackling your inbox, giving a room a deep clean or even throwing out old items. The largest tasks are the ones we often put off because they are the jobs that require the most time, but by applying the tips above, completing them will give you peace of mind and the satisfaction in knowing it’s done.

5. Give yourself accountability

By outwardly saying you’re going to do something, even if it’s over the phone will give you a sense of accountability. It is known that when we are held responsible for something, we’re more likely to get it done. So even saying it out loud might be the push you need to get started. So, go forth and live your best life!

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with us?

Let us know on Instagram @debutmagazineuk

Words by Perisha Kudhail 



Perisha Kudhail

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Journalist, Perisha Kudhail is one of the content managers and writers here at Debut Magazine.

She has passion for sharing the stories of amazing people. Using her blog to facilitate these stories she loves to connect and find out more about the personalities that make something happen. Having interviewed, comedians, writers, business people and many more, it’s safe to say that if you’ve got something to say, she’ll listen.

Having worked for ITV and online companies, Perisha has also been featured on panels at the BBC discussing things that are going on in the world as well as writing for a range of online platforms. Features, Lifestyle and Profiles are the forefront of Perisha’s writing loves and the more experimental the better!

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Twitter: @PerishaKudhail
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